The idea of loving Kanye West, Kobe Bryant or Aziz Ansari isn’t foreign. But when you put them all together alongside the bests of business and entertainment, in the most dapper of duds and wrapped in self-satirizing Illuminati pretension, that just tickles our fancy into a whole new arena of idolization.
The premise seems promising: high-strung pizza-boy Nick (Jesse Eisenberg) is living the loser life with his best friend Chet (Aziz Ansari) until a couple of redneck criminals-in-the-making strap a bomb to his chest and force him to rob a bank for them.
Actors get famous because they’re capable of becoming something they’re not, and so the chance that their personalities in the real world would match their onscreen personas are fairly dismal. Fortunately, Jesse Eisenberg and Aziz Ansari may be the world’s best exceptions to that rule: they’re every fan’s fantasy — they’re living, breathing manifestations of every character they’ve ever played.